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Dear Friends,

As I think about the whirlwind of activity that takes place at Hope House every day, I am grateful for the growing number of organizations whose members enrich our community with their time, talent and compassionate support.

I am excited about our new Asylum Seeker Assitance Program (ASAP), a joint effort with Gateway Community Services that provides social work interns at Hope House four afternoons each week. We have had several visits from French-speaking Bowdoin College students, who have been participating in our French/English potluck events.  Hope Acts also welcomed ten UNUM employees who joined us for an evening of career coaching and networking. 

Mark your calendars: Social justice chorus Women In Harmony chose Hope Acts as the partner organization for their January concert featuring Songs of Hope. We hope you'll be able to attend on  Friday, January 18 @7:30 pm or Saturday January 19 @4: 00 pm @ Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St, Portland.

As we move into the holiday season, please consider a financial gift to Hope Acts. Please donate on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 27), where early morning gifts via Facebook will be matched: http://facebook.com/HopeActs.   Your donation is essential in housing asylum seekers and offering a rich array of services to New Mainers.


With gratitude,

Martha Stein
Executive Director
 
NEW!! ASAP - Asylum Seeker Assistance Program 
Social Work Interns @ Hope House
Hope Acts is delighted to announce ASAP (Asylum Seeker Assistance Program), a new partnership with Gateway Community Services that is providing low barrier one-on-one support to asylum seekers. ASAP Social work interns assist with accessing and navigating resources such as housing, jobs and other critical needs. 

Intern Devin Moore commented, "I didn't know what to expect, but I really enjoy meeting people from other places. I am amazed at the resilience of the asylum seekers. They have been through so much, but they are determined to make things work here." 

ASAP is available to Hope House residents, HHELP students and other asylum seekers in the community. Many thanks to Gateway, and our four interns. 
Bonjour Bowdoin!
Bowdoin College French Professor Madeline Bedecarre approached Hope Acts early this fall to explore opportunities for her students to interact with French-speaking immigrants. The student group attends our French/English Exchange, offering all participants an opportunity to practice language skills and to learn about each others' lives and cultures. Several Hope House residents were interviewed by Bowdoin students as part of a research project on the experiences of relatively new French-speaking immigrants in the U.S. Our program participants also enjoyed an evening with Bedecarre and her students in Brunswick. 

This ongoing exchange with Bowdoin College students has been a fun and educational experience for all.
 
Thank you UNUM - Employment Readiness Volunteers
Hope Acts thanks our friends at UNUM for visiting Hope House and sharing information about job hunting in the United States.

Finding a good job can be a daunting task for many immigrants. In addition to a language barrier, New Mainers must learn about U.S. business etiquette and practices. Many immigrants find that their credentials from their home countries are not readily accepted in the U.S.and that their experiences do not necessarily align with the needs of local employers.

UNUM employees worked one-one-one with asylum seekers, answering questions about challenging situations and conducting mock interviews. Hope House residents and others participating in this first session were very pleased with the information gleaned during this first meeting. At the conclusion, one resident asked, "when will they [UNUM employees] be coming back?"

UNUM employees commented on the diverse range of experiences and interests in our group. They were especially impressed with the language skills of New Mainers, many of whom speak three languages or more.

Thanks to the ten UNUM employees who visited Hope House. We look forward to your return.
We are looking for new or gently used WARM winter boots, hats and gloves for adults. We are especially low on items for men. Please contact carolyn@hopeacts.org or call 207-274-6005 if you are able to donate outerwear. THANK YOU!
French/English Exchange and potluck meal - November 27th @ 6:15.  If you'd like to attend on Tuesday or if you would like to be added to the mailing list for the next French English Exchange, please contact Carolyn@hopeacts.org.
Here's a really easy way to help Hope Acts!  Would you CLYNK for us?  If you would be willing to turn your recyclables into a donation for Hope Acts (in Maine -- bottles and cans that include a deposit), send an email to martha@hopeacts.org with your mailing address and we'll send you a few bar-coded bag stickers. Put the sticker on a CLYNK bag, fill and return the bag to a participating Hannaford supermarket.  THANK YOU.

Thank you, in advance, for your financial support of Hope Acts. Your donation today provides housing, classes, and a sense of community for immigrants, allowing them to achieve their goals for a successful future. Please visit hopeacts.org/give or mail a check to Hope Acts, PO Box 7615, Portland ME 04112.
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